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Ascent of The Brother on 2017-12-23

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Benjamin Musser <6080>;Emilie Hernandez;
Daniel Musser
Date:Saturday, December 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Brother
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7800 ft / 2377 m

Ascent Trip Report

Winter conditions after a snow storm. Taking my visiting sons and Ben's G/F for their first front range hike-scramble an accidently stumbled on to a find way up Brother which is normally the most unexciting peak in the park. Basically coming up from the parking lot and taking the sisters trail you hit the main junction with the other trails and as you make your left to go to the brother trail pass, right near the intersection is a nice little pile of scramble rocks. It was icy and snowy but Ben I and I both had new boots and we started up the slabs to try them out. One formation after another and we just kept following the easier lines of class 3 (Daniel did take on line of 3+/4 in poor hiking shoes and met up with us near the final stretch) and somehow the next thing I was on the top of a rock with a nice USGS marker and was disoriented until I realize I was on top of the Brother. Based on the snow tracks we saw, we were not the first people this week to take this more adventurous way up Brother. We took the main trail down and then hit the three sisters by traversing the ridges and saddles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:355 ft / 108 m
    Total Elevation Loss:135 ft / 40 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2, 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
25F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:335 ft / 102 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 98 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:three sisers trail to off-trail scamble
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot  7480 ft / 2279 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 31 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:standard trail
    End Trailhead:saddle   7700 ft / 2346 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-21

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 Three Sisters-Middle Peak2017-12-23 c220 ft / 67 m
1The Brother2017-12-23 a355 ft / 108 m
4Three Sisters-North Peak2017-12-23 d120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 695 ft / 212 m    Total Trip Loss: 415 ft / 126 m



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